Rachel Guy BSc MBACP (Accred)
Please note: I am currently offering my counselling service remotely due to the Covid-19 Health Crisis. This is either via telephone or a video call platform (Zoom). I am unable to offer a face to face service at this time. Please feel free to contact me for issues relating to the pandemic challenges/responses or any other issues you are facing.
As we know, life can be difficult and challenging for many of us. Often, things can occur that feel out of our control that may be affecting us in a negative way. We may feel unable to achieve what we wish, or generally feel we are not getting a great deal from life and need to talk through these feelings with someone who will not judge nor advise, but try to see the world from your perspective.
As a qualified and accredited counsellor, with the BACP, my aim is to work with people to help them gain a better understanding of themselves, relationships, feelings and work towards resolving any issues. This is provided through a private, confidential and trusting relationship.
My counselling training and experience within the Relational Model of therapy has provided me with skills, along with a greater awareness of self. This enables me to begin and maintain a good, safe therapeutic relationship with my clients. It is imperative that this relationship is safe and trusting in order for my clients to experience therapeutic growth and a clearer understanding of their current feelings.
My integrative training has allowed me to study many of the different schools of therapy including the most commonly known, which you may already be aware of:
Person-Centred – A non-direct approach empowering the client to explore their difficulties at their own pace, in an empathic, non-judgemental environment. Working within an unconditional, congruent relationship allows the client to explore and understand their sense of self.
Psychodynamic – Where clients may wish to explore issues and feelings from their past including childhood in order to gain a better understanding of their experiences and feelings they feel are linked to today.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) – Recognising how cognitions (thoughts) are affecting behaviours and ways in which these can be adjusted in order to replace with new, more productive ways of thinking and behaving.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - commonly known as ‘tapping therapy’, EFT is an alternative therapeutic technique to treat emotional and physical pain with the aim to create balance in your energy system. EFT is particularly successful with painful memories and experiences that may be affecting us in the present.
Existential – an opportunity to explore the challenges of our existence including the value and meaning of life and how we are affected by this concept, whilst exploring any adaptations in order for us to live a more authentic life.
Transactional Analysis (TA) – Working towards increasing awareness of how we communicate and how this affects our relationship with our self and with others.
Solution Focused Therapy - working collaboratively to help support individuals towards personal growth and goals. Supporting individuals to recognise their own strengths and abilities to help them overcome difficulties.
Having the ability to use the above therapies, and many more, allows me to work with each client based on their individual needs whether this be specific such as stress, anxiety, depression and relationships or offer support when something just doesn’t feel quite right.
Making a decision to access therapy is a very difficult and daunting time. However, getting this far signifies that you have accepted you require support, taken control and now marking the beginning of positive change in your life.
In addition to working with clients on a self-referral basis, I undertake counselling for the Employee Assisted Programme, working alongside various organisations to support clients with their personal problems which may be having an impact on their work, health or wellbeing.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which is one of the largest leading organisations for counselling and psychotherapy in Britain. I feel proud to be a part of this organisation and ensure my practice is in accordance with their code of ethics to ensure that I am providing an ethical and safe practice.
I have full Professional Indemnity Insurance cover and hold a Data Protection License.
- BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Diploma HE in Counselling and Psychotherapy
- L3 Certificate in Counselling
- Introduction to Counselling
- Certificate in CBT
Aside from this I am committed to my personal development and access training on a regular basis to both update and further my knowledge.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a no cost initial session of 30 minutes. This will be an opportunity to discuss what you wish to bring to counselling and also to see if you think I am the right person to support you through your journey.
Following this my fees are £45.00 per 50 minute session.
There is both stairs and lift access to my therapy room.
There is allocated parking at the centre with no charge. The centre is also accessible via public transport with bus stops located directly outside.